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Gregory Spears ’02 MM wins Carlos Surinach Commission

spears-gregoryThe BMI Foundation has announced that composer Gregory Spears ’02 MM is one of two 2015 winners of the Carlos Surinach Commissions. The commissions program funds the creation of new works by former winners of the BMI Student Composer Awards for premiere with leading contemporary orchestras, chamber music groups, and classical soloists throughout the nation.

Established in 2003 through a bequest from the late composer Carlos Surinach, the Commissions are often awarded in partnership with Concert Artists Guild (CAG). This year, two CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition winners who have demonstrated a commitment to performing the work of living composers were selected to each choose a former BMI Student Composer Award winner to receive the Commission. Trumpeter Brandon Ridenour will premiere Spears’ forthcoming double trumpet concerto during the 2016–2017 Concert Artists Guild series at Carnegie Hall. MORE

Published August 10, 2015
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William Gardiner wins American Composers Forum National Composition Contest

gardiner_williamComposer William Gardiner ’13 MM, ’15 MMA has been named one of three winners of the 2015 American Composers Forum National Composition Contest. The winners were announced by the American Composers Forum in partnership with the Los Angeles-based new music ensemble wild Up. The members of the ensemble selected the three winning composers from a pool of 450 applicants.

The winners each receive a monetary prize and are currently finishing their pieces, eight to ten minutes each, for wild Up to perform this September at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT). American Composers Forum will also host two open rehearsals with wild Up and the winners at LA City Colleges’ Clausen Recital Hall. MORE

Published July 8, 2015
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League of American Orchestras awards Gold Baton to Anne-Marie Soulliere

Mark Volpe presents the Gold Baton to Anne-Marie Soullière. Photo by Nannette Bedway

Mark Volpe presents the Gold Baton to Anne-Marie Soullière. Photo by Nannette Bedway

Anne-Marie Soullière, a member of the Yale School of Music’s Board of Advisors, was awarded the Gold Baton at the League of American Orchestras’ recent conference.

Soullière is the retired president of Fidelity Foundation. Her relationship with the Yale School of Music began in 1970 with a secretarial job and has grown immensely since then: in addition to serving on the Board of Advisors, she is also a member of the Battell Stoeckel Trust, the fundamental source of support of the Yale Summer School of Music/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.

The Gold Baton, the League’s highest honor, was presented by Mark Volpe, managing director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Volpe cited Soullière’s “lifetime of passionate support for music, enlightened leadership of the Fidelity Foundation, and wise, sympathetic counsel to numerous musical leaders.”

Robert Blocker, dean of the Yale School of Music, said: “Anne-Marie has been and remains a dynamic advocate for music.  We are most  fortunate to have her wisdom and vision as a charter member of our Board of Advisors.” MORE

Published June 25, 2015
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Pianist Ronaldo Rolim wins third prize in Geza Anda International Competition

ronaldo-rolimPianist Rolando Rolim won both the third prize and the Schumann prize at the Géza Anda International Competition. Rolim is a DMA candidate at the Yale School of Muic, where he studies with Boris Berman.

The competition, founded in memory of Hungarian pianist Géza Anda, is held every three years in Zurich.

About Ronaldo Rolim

Brazilian pianist Ronaldo Rolim is the winner of more than 30 awards in competitions around the globe. Recent accolades include top prizes at the Bösendorfer, San Marino ,and James Mottram International Piano Competitions. Ronaldo has performed extensively in his native Brazil, as well as in the United States, Mexico, South Korea, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, and Austria, having played at prestigious venues in four different continents, such as Carnegie Hall (New York), Steinway Hall (London), Theatro Municipal (Rio de Janeiro), and Seoul Arts Center (Korea), among others. MORE

Published June 18, 2015
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Noël Wan wins second prize in Korea International Harp Competition

noel-wanThe first-ever Korea International Harp Competition was held in Seoul May 23–26, 2015. In the Young Professional Division, Noël Wan ’16 MM won second prize. Wan is a student of June Han at the Yale School of Music.

Taiwanese-American harpist Noël Wan (1994) is an international prize winner and critically acclaimed concert artist whose “exquisite musicality, impeccable technique, and mature interpretation of music in different styles” has earned her the commendation of being “one of the best harpists in this generation” (Dan Yu). The first harpist to win the Carmel Music Society Instrumental Competition and the Pacific Musical Society Competition, Noël is also the youngest winner in the history of the Dutch Harp Festival Competition. Other accolades include First Prize in the 22nd and 25th Chi-mei Arts Award Competition, Second Prize in the 2013 Nippon International Harp Competition, the Aharon Zvi and Mara Propes Foundation Special Award, and the Forgotten Lore Prize in the 1st Dutch Harp Festival Competition. MORE

Published June 2, 2015
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Christopher Cerrone ’14 DMA wins Rome Prize

Cerrone_ChristopherComposition alumnus Christopher Cerrone has been named the winner of the Samuel Barber Rome Prize for 2015–2016. The awards were announced recently by the American Academy in Rome. The annual Rome Prize Fellowship supports advanced independent work in the arts and humanities in a unique residential community in Rome.

Cerrone, a composer, will use his time in Rome to compose new works inspired by Italian architecture, art, and acoustics. In 2014 Cerrone was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his opera Invisible Cities, which the Pulitzer jury called “A captivating opera based on a novel by Italo Calvino in which Marco Polo regales Kublai Khan with tales of fantastical cities, adapted into an imaginary sonic landscape.” MORE

Published April 30, 2015
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Julia Wolfe ’86 MM wins Pulitzer Prize in Music

Julia Wolfe | Photo by Peter Serling


Julia Wolfe ’86 MM has won the Pulitzer Prize for music for her piece Anthracite Fields. The Pulitzer jury described the piece as “a powerful oratorio for chorus and sextet evoking Pennsylvania coal-mining life around the turn of the twentieth century.” The piece was commissioned by the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia through Meet the Composer’s Commissioning Music/USA program.

The Mendelssohn Club and the Bang on a Can All-Stars premiered the work in Philadelphia 2014. The piece was later included in the New York Philharmonic’s inaugural NY Phil Biennial festival.

Wolfe, a co-founder of Bang on a Can, is the second composer from the group to win a Pulitzer. David Lang ’83 MMA, ’89 DMA, another co-founder, won in 2008 for The Little Match Girl Passion. Wolfe’s piece Steel Hammer was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2010. MORE

Published April 21, 2015
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Alumna Polina Nazaykinskaya awarded Soros Fellowship for New Americans

nazaykinskaya_polinaComposer Polina Nazaykinskaya ’10 MM, ’13 AD has been awarded the 2015 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. She is one of thirty selected from a wide variety of fields to receive the fellowship, which provides tuition and living expenses for a graduate degree program. Nazaykinskaya is currently pursuing her doctorate in composition at the City University of New York.

The announcement noted that “this outstanding group of New Americans includes researchers, mathematicians, writers, scientists, translors, musicians, entrepreneurs, and future doctors and lawyers.” The fellows hail from more than twenty countries. MORE

Published April 15, 2015
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Sean Chen awarded fellowship for career development from Leonore Annenberg Fund

chen_sean2Pianist Sean Chen ’14AD is among five emerging artists who will receive grants from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts. The fund awards $50,000 a year for up to two years to artists who have demonstrated great talent and are on the cusp of a professional breakthrough.

In addition to Chen, the third-place finisher in the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the awards will go to Julia Bullock, a soprano who won the 2014 Naumburg International Vocal Competition and the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions; Caitlin Cherry, a visual artist whose work was on view in a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum in 2013; McKenzie Chinn, an actress, writer and filmmaker who has appeared in productions at the Goodman Theater and the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago; and Joseph Gorak, a soloist with American Ballet Theater. Sean Chen will receive a two-year award of $100,000. Each of the four other recipients will receive one-year awards of $50,000.

Including the current group, the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund has paid or pledged more than $5 million over the last eight years in career-development grants to artists to create work, receive training, travel to performances, develop studios, buy materials, pay for living expenses and health care, pay down student debt, or otherwise develop their talents to their fullest. The arts fellows, selected in consultation with partner organizations, work under the guidance of mentors chosen by the partners and the Leonore Annenberg Fund. MORE

Published April 7, 2015
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Yale alumni win awards from American Academy of Arts and Letters

Harold Meltzer | Photo by Emily Greta Tabourin

Harold Meltzer | Photo by Emily Greta Tabourin

The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced today the recipients of this year’s awards in music. Several Yale alumni are among the winners.

The winners were selected by a committee of Academy members: Joan Tower (chairman), Samuel Adler, Martin Boykan, Mario Davidovsky, Stephen Hartke, Stephen Jaffe, and Aaron Jay Kernis. The awards will be presented at the Academy’s annual Ceremonial in May. Candidates for music awards are nominated by the 250 members of the Academy.

Harold Meltzer ’97MMA, ’00DMA and Kevin Puts ’96MM were among the four winners of the Arts and Letters Awards in Music. The $10,000 awards honor outstanding artistic achievement and acknowledge composers who have arrived at their own voices. Each will receive an additional $10,000 toward the recording of one work.  MORE

Published March 3, 2015
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